Leafs Take Opener
Montreal — Tyler Bozak scored a short-handed goal and Mason Raymond netted the winner in his first game with the Maple Leafs as Toronto spoiled the Montreal Canadiens’ home opener with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night.
Former UNH player James van Riemsdyk and Dion Phaneuf also scored in a fight-filled game in which Montreal’s new enforcer George Parros was carried off on a stretcher following a bout. Toronto’s Colton Orr pulled Parros down during the fight, and the Canadiens forward’s face crashed into the ice.
Blackhawks 6, Capitals 4
Chicago — Brandon Saad, Johnny Oduya and Marian Hossa scored in the third period, and the Blackhawks kicked off their Stanley Cup title defense with a victory over Mikhail Grabovsky and Washington.
Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Brandon Bollig also scored as Chicago won its first game for the second straight season. Corey Crawford made 28 saves, including a couple of huge stops when the Blackhawks killed off a late 5-on-3 power play.
Grabovsky had three goals and an assist in his first game since he signed with Washington in August.
Leafs, Kessel Reach Deal
Toronto — The Maple Leafs and star forward Phil Kessel agreed to terms on a $64-million, eight-year contract extension. Kessel had one season left on his previous deal at $5.4 million.
Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis says Toronto is happy that Kessel “will be a part of our core group of players in Toronto until the 2021-22 season.”
Kessel had 20 goals and 32 assists in 48 games last season. He has 379 points in 504 regular-season games over seven seasons with Toronto and Boston. The native of Madison, Wis., has 21 points in 22 career playoff games, and played for the United States at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.